Updated April 6, 4:42 PM CT
California Governor sees a problem with NFL start date
April 5, 2020
Governor pushes back on NFL start date in California
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a different opinion about the NFL's hopeful start date as suggested by President Donald Trump.
On Saturday, Trump told sports commissioners he would like to see the NFL season begin on time and in front of fans. It's a continuation of his "ever hopeful" mantra on display during his daily press briefings. But the reality is - it's not reality... at lease in the form we're accustomed to seeing.
"Our decision on that basis, at least here in the state of California, will be determined by the facts, will be determined by the health experts, will be determined by our capacity to meet this moment, bend the curve, and have the appropriate community surveillance and testing to confidently determine whether or not that's appropriate," Newsom said in a press conference held after Trump spoke with the sports commissioners. "Right now, I'm just focused on the immediate, but that's not something I anticipate happening in the next few months."
California has recorded 13, 929 cases of the coronavirus, with 321 deaths, which continues to spread across the United States. Three NFL teams - the Los Angeles Rams, Chargers, and San Francisco 49ers - all call California home..
"Let me tell you why," Newsom added. "We've all seen the headlines over the last couple of days in Asia, where they were opening up certain businesses, and now they're starting to roll back those openings because they're starting to see some spread, there's a boomerang. One has to be very cautious here, one has to be careful not to overpromise."
Earlier this week, NFL executive Jeff Pash said the league is focused on playing a normal season with no delays or empty stadiums. However, the league's chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, suggested games won't be feasible without the availability of widespread COVID-19 tests and quick results.
The NFL training camps and preseason annually takes place throughout August, while the regular season kicks off in September.
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